The Fried Liver Attack – Part 2

1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5

We start by analyzing the Classical 4…d5 move. 


4…d5 5.ed

This is the first critical position.The assessment of this line is far from obvious. It looks like black has to capture the pawn after

 5… Nd5

and now white has a temporary initiative which could be transformed into a strong attack. 

It’s easy to see how the vulnerable f7 pawn in addition to the hanging d5 knight offer white an exciting opportunity to come up with the following beautiful resource:  

6. Nf7!

By this knight sacrifice white expels the black King to the center of the board   where it will be exposed to white’s powerful pieces.Anyway black has to accept this Greek sacrifice and to start a very unpleasant defense. 

6…Kf7 7. Qf3!

The key idea, involving the positional sacrifice of the knight. Thanks to the suspended position of the Nd5, white gains a tempo and seized the initiative. 

7… Ke6

The line is pretty forced. Black has to support the knight on d5. As a result of the sacrifice black pieces are losing their harmony. The King on e6 obstructs the development of the bishop c8.Besides white develops the knight b1 winning another tempo.  

8. Nc3! 

This is highly dynamic. White takes aim at the knight on d5, and increases his development advantage. 

The position looks extremely dangerous for black. Despite being a piece up black’s position hasn’t enjoyed great popularity.

The reason is a very simple one. I don’t see any comfortable way for black to get rid of white’s extremely dangerous Bc4. The position of the King on e6 deprives black pieces of the important center areas.


3 Responses

  1. knightc6-b4?

  2. Hi anonymous person,

    USCF’s Chess Life analyzed this in detail a while back. With 8… Nb4 9. a3! Nxc2+ 10. Kd1 Nxa1 11. Bxd5+ Kd6 (11… Ke7 Qf7+) Nb5+ and black has a very hard time dealing with the centralized attack of whites pieces.

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